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Ever wonder why anxious people love horror movies? Curious about how having the daylights scared out of you can help you feel better? Hosts Jenn Adams, Lara Unnerstall, and therapist Mike Snoonian break it down (and back it up with academic research) on Psychoanalysis: A Horror Therapy Podcast.

Each month, we’ll take an in-depth look at a topic in the mental health field like anxiety, PTSD, and toxic relationships. For our bi-weekly episodes, we’ll pair topics with a horror film and analyze its plot and characters through the lens of mental health. We’ll also discuss our own mental health exp

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    • 4.7 • 175 Ratings

Ever wonder why anxious people love horror movies? Curious about how having the daylights scared out of you can help you feel better? Hosts Jenn Adams, Lara Unnerstall, and therapist Mike Snoonian break it down (and back it up with academic research) on Psychoanalysis: A Horror Therapy Podcast.

Each month, we’ll take an in-depth look at a topic in the mental health field like anxiety, PTSD, and toxic relationships. For our bi-weekly episodes, we’ll pair topics with a horror film and analyze its plot and characters through the lens of mental health. We’ll also discuss our own mental health exp

    Self-Care / Fear Street: Part 1 - 1994 (2021)

    Self-Care / Fear Street: Part 1 - 1994 (2021)

    It started as a pod … and ended in murder.

    Grab your box of mixtapes and meet us at the mall for a special Self-Care Commentary on Leigh Janiak’s Fear Street ‘94. We’re dying tonight one way or another.

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    Reference Links:

    Every Needle Drop in ‘Fear Street Part 1: 1994’ Ranked

    Music notes:

    "Infinite Perspective" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Long Note Three" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Emotion Picture" by Bill Ironfield

    Logo artwork by Jess Snively

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Comfort Horror / 30 Days of Night (2007) with Mary Beth McAndrews

    Comfort Horror / 30 Days of Night (2007) with Mary Beth McAndrews

    That pod ain't the weather. That's death approaching. Batten down the hatches and meet us in the attic to talk about some very hot vampires in David Slade’s 30 Days of Night.

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    Music notes:

    "Infinite Perspective" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Long Note Three" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Emotion Picture" by Bill Ironfield

    Logo artwork by Jess Snively

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Phobias / Snakes on a Plane (2006)

    Phobias / Snakes on a Plane (2006)

    Check your bags and meet us at the cockpit as we board a plane to terror town and examine Phobias in the 2006 camp horror classic, Snakes on a Plane.

    Everybody strap in.

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    Music notes:

    "Infinite Perspective" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Long Note Three" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Emotion Picture" by Bill Ironfield

    Logo artwork by Jess Snively

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Comfort Horror / It Follows (2014) with Dax Ebaben

    Comfort Horror / It Follows (2014) with Dax Ebaben

    It could pod like someone you know or a stranger in the crowd. Meet us at the pool with special guest Dax Ebaben for a comfort horror episode on It Follows.

    Whatever helps us pod close to you.

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    Music notes:

    "Infinite Perspective" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Long Note Three" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Emotion Picture" by Bill Ironfield

    Logo artwork by Jess Snively

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Phobias / Jaws (1975)

    Phobias / Jaws (1975)

    Just when you thought it was safe to pod in the water. Meet us at the docks as we embark on a new theme and examine Phobias in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.

    This is no boat accident.

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    Music notes:

    "Infinite Perspective" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Long Note Three" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Emotion Picture" by Bill Ironfield

    Logo artwork by Jess Snively

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Comfort Horror / A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) with Rebecca McCallum

    Comfort Horror / A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) with Rebecca McCallum

    Pour the coffee and join us for a late night comfort horror episode on Wes Craven’s slasher classic A Nightmare on Elm Street.

    I’m your podcast now, Nancy.

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    Music notes:

    "Infinite Perspective" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Long Note Three" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Emotion Picture" by Bill Ironfield

    Logo artwork by Jess Snively

    • 1 hr 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
175 Ratings

175 Ratings

DindraneErin ,

Real Info and Film Criticism

Discussing horror movies and the very real issues they often confront could easily fall prey to shallowness or to sensationalizing instead of normalizing the discussion of mental health.

Jenn, Lara, and Mike do a fantastic job of covering both the mental health topic and the film of the week, without losing sight of how these issues involve real people and real suffering.

They honor the artists who create the films, including the writers, who often get ignored in favor of the visuals, or the director and actors, especially in horror.

If you’re interested in mental health, psychology, film in general or horror in particular, social justice, and just being a human being, then treat yourself to some episodes of PsychoAPod. You won’t be as sorry as you were the time you went to check on that noise in the attic without taking a priest and a machine gun with you.

jessjoy247 ,

Psychology student & movie lover - PERFECT PODCAST!

I absolutely love this podcast! I’m a Psychology Student going for my masters program and the stuff that’s covered is so interesting and educational but keeps me engaged in an entertaining way. I love how deep the hosts go into analyzing movies, you can really tell they put a lot of thought and effort into each episode. There’s a good balance between the 3 hosts and I really appreciate their respect for each other. I wish they would do more movies than just thrillers/horror BUT I get that it’s their niche and more power to them for creating something I haven’t found anywhere else!

modifiedblind ,

Really love the podcast!

All three of you do an amazing job. I love your analysis of each topic. Look forward to each new episode. ♥️ ❤️

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